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a sunny day

i’m not sure why, but this track has been in my head a lot the past while. i think at the right moment it could work on some balmy night this summer – watch this space. i first came across it on a free cd with muzik back in 01, back when everything roger sanchez touched seemed to turn to gold, but it was on yoshiesque 2 later that year that it really made sense to me. i think i’ll be digging out that mix pretty soon actually. for now, enjoy it in the sunshine, while it lasts. oh and disregard the e, it’s just called samba

kecky spunt

sidetracked last night was, as usual, a lot of fun. there was a band playing next door which meant there was a bigger crowd than usual, though towards the end of my set they seemed to filter off back inside – no biggie. as usual i played some eli escobar and some dfa but i also shoehorned in some deep dish (sharam was much btw) and some le tigre. win win.

Ali Love – Diminishing Returns (Eli Escobar Remix)
Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
Deep Dish – The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold) (ft Everything But The Girl)
Quango Quango – Love Tempo (Remix)
Le Tigre – Eau D’Bedroom Dancing
The Juan MacLean – By The Time I Get To Venus
Daniel Wang – Berlin Sunrise
In Flagranti – I Hadn’t Screwd Around Before
Metro Area x Karen Young – Hot For Miura (prince klassen blend)
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Original 12″ Mix)
Vanstrom – Smith N Wesson (John Howes Remix)
Para One – Midnight Swim
Fully Fitted – Shake It
The Golden Filter – Solid Gold
Tensnake – Coma Cat
Eli Escobar – Glass House

then i came home and worked on my forthcoming transmission mix. like a rock star.

days off

…invariably end up being spent half in bed and half on the computer, especially when there are a million things to do. last night i played at krash again, though it wasn’t the best night, so i won’t go into it. though i will say that going back to back for a whole set was fun.

tonight i’m playing at sidetracked, which i’m really looking forward to, and after that i’m thinking about heading in to tripod to see sharam. i know he won’t exactly feature on most people’s lists of must-sees right now – although you should bear in mind that his essential mix was voted the best of last year. more importantly, he is (or was i guess) half of deep dish. i think they first really attracted my attention when muzik magazine (rip) carried an interview with them in june 2001 and put the following quote on the cover: “hard house is shit.”

somehow i managed never to see them at their peak, or even slightly after their peak, but these two guys were quite a big presence in my mid-teen obsession with prog house. last night i played hideaway out for the first time to an empty floor, and, hey, two people came along and starting break-dancing and whatnot. so even though it’s not going to be the life-defining set it would have been say, nine years ago, it’s still something i’m keen on experiencing.

i won’t hear any of this tonight, but i might play it at sidetracked.

obligatory year-end list part two

and now for me second entry of the songs that spoke to me most in 2009.

Animal Collective – My Girls

time for original hour… i remember the first time i heard my girls. i had recently been talking to a friend about how much i had, belatedly i might add, grown to love the fleet foxes album. he was not as impressed as i was – being a big fan of the beach boys he felt this particular band’s attempts at harmony and lightness was contrived and derivative. we agreed to disagree. in mid-january, as i walked towards dundrum town centre to get my eyes tested, i was listening to a leak of merriweather post pavilion and i was so stunned by the album’s second track that i actually couldn’t listen any further. my first instinct was to text my friend, telling him that whatever about fleet foxes, animal collective were the natural, 21st century successors to brian wilson and co. unlike many reviewers/ bloggers/commentators, i don’t care much for the song’s lyrics. it’s not that i don’t appreciate or understand them, rather that the sheer sonic assault is so overwhelming that they could be singing incoherent nonsense (not that they’d ever do that) and the overall effect would be the same. given the difficulty i’ve had listening to animal collective over the years, this was like a breath of fresh air. an unashamed ‘pop’ song with a realistic tangible lyrical theme, especially given the timing of the release, it almost seems to stand outside of their entire oeuvre to date. but hey, they’ve earned that. in some sort of cyclical conclusion, i bought the album on the same day that i picked up my glasses. go figure.

Michel Cleis – La Mezcla

i was put on to this one by my man bushy – he’s a dude from philly who’s had a more exciting life than everyone i know put together, he reps for hip-hop and the eagles but then he djs at pop bars and is obsessed with eric prydz – despite this seemingly disparate palate of interest and influence, he always manages to know what’s what before anyone else. wish dude was making music too. anyway, he alerted me to this beautiful track, 12 beautiful minutes of latin percussion, flute and tribal-esque wailing. it’s a weird one to pin down, i’ve no idea how i could ever categorise it, but that hardly matters. this michel cleis dude is no one-trick pony either – the bould radio slave included not just la mezcla but also cleis’ remixes of baeka and spencer parker on his deep’n’trippy fabric mix – and if it’s good enough for radio slave, well, that says a lot.

Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)

i didn’t really know what to make of this at first. at the start of the year i was enamoured with a-trak‘s take on this song, with his strings and around the world-esque bassline. over the months that followed i found myself drifting towards this slower, darker, more sensuous remix by those belgian proponents of nu-disco (eugh) gave us their own stellar remixes of the shortwave set, friendly fires and grace jones in 2008. this one, well it starts off with this weird sound that makes me think of pipes and engines, over some crackling hi-hats. then comes the bassline, and all of a sudden we hear this flashes of beautifully textured swooshes that hit you in your solar plexus. after that it’s just a dirty, sweaty, swarthy collection of synths, sex noises, and beautiful sonic textures. i have to thank my friend kate aka masonic boom for that phrase – the tweets and forum messages about that song made my summer a hell of a lot more amusing than it would have been otherwise, and when i met her at field day, during aeroplane’s set no less, it was a delight to see this as a work in progress.

UNKLE – Heavy Drug (Surrender Sounds Mix)

it’s kind of bad when a remix package reminds you of how great the original track is. i was first introduced to unkle‘s heavy drug on james lavelle‘s 2009 entry to the global underground series. the first thing i thought was that it reminded me of deep dish‘s mammoth remix of sven väth‘s my name is barbarella. droning and repetitive yet at the same time starkly beautiful, both tracks feature the briefest amount of chordal variation yet in no way suffer because of this. they also both feature stunning breakdowns laden with unuttered vocal expressions – a series of melancholic sounds that call to mind some sort of joyous wailing or anguish-ridden mourning. tonight i purchased the heavy drug remix package and, alas, none of the tracks come close to beating the original, but if nothing else, listening to them reminded me of how much i loved this track, and how much it deserved to be in this ever-so exclusive list 😉

Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Remix)/
Holy Ghost – I Will Come Back (Classixx Acapulco Nights Remix)

this is just too hard to call. i’ve never been as wowed by phoenix in the way that some people have. i don’t really know why, i guess i just haven’t given them the time they no doubt deserve. but this remix, wow. classixx took what was an energetic pop song alluding, i gather, to orgies and fandom and all that malarkey and created a blissed-out slice of disco that is so cool i haven’t ever been able to play it out. believe me, i’ve tried, but it’s just a tad too slow, and it’s one of those few tracks that really deserves to be left alone at its original speed. the reason i mention another song is that i’m not even sure that lisztomania is their best remix. i adore holy ghost!, as is clear i’m sure from my previous list, but something about i will come back left me a little cold. i could never quite put my finger on it, but i just felt that the song was a little flat, that it was missing something. when classixx put their hands on it i found that i didn’t listen to the original for a good four months. it was just too perfect. again with the blissed-out feel, just at a higher bpm, this track is so perfectly titled that, when i made a mix for my girl for her birthday, i played it just after club tropicana. what makes it even better is that when i eventually went back to the original i found that all of my favourite parts of the remix were just elements of the original that classixx had isolated and moved around – much like in that beautiful trio of remixes done by erol alkan in late 2006. if classixx can follow up their 2009 output with something even half as good, we are in for some truly beautiful music.

through the shadows

when i was in london last month for field day, i paid my first visit to the fabled phonica records on poland st. embarrassingly enough i had to ask a “bobby” for directions – he had a map in his pocket, which i thought was hilarious, but hey, it worked for me. when i got there i picked up some cheap promos and one record, loudeast‘s shadows from 2006. the only other time i came across this guy was through his track lights off, which featured on two great compilations in autumn 2001 (funny how that year figures so much in my electronic musical history): hernan cattaneo‘s funky deep ‘n’ tribal mix for ministry magazine, and deep dish‘s second yoshiesque compilation. its beats were solid yet funky, pounding while at the same time infused with a breezy lightness. it was marked as progressive, but i thought it was much funkier than most of the droning ploddish muck that was given that tag. have a listen for yourself – but ignore the vocal over the track throughout. it’s actually from luzon’s the baguio track.

when i saw this record on sale for a measly 99p, i couldn’t resist. not only did the tracks have cheesily accurate titles such as “jackin’ dub mix” and “acid rain mix”, the cover was just a huge acid smiley face. as it happens, i left the record in my friend’s place and only got around to getting it back this week. i wasn’t disappointed. the-a side features two trippily acidic slices of prog, both of which feature the best bits of each style: they go on for ages, and, well, they’re really acidy. meanwhile the b-side is taken up by a slow-burning nine-minute dub mix by alexkid, whose work i first discovered on wevvers‘ awesome fabric mix.

i feel a bit daft writing about this when fellow bloggers are writing about tunes that were written this morning, exported this afternoon and emailed ten minutes ago, but i just really dig these tracks. it just goes to show that bargain-hunting in record stores can still reap its rewards – and to be honest i’ve enjoyed this experience much more than any time i’ve stumbled upon some thirty second clip on beatport. whether or not i’d be able to play them out at transmission is another story. maybe i’ll slot one of them into this running mix i keep on thinking about making. plod plod plod (but in a good way…)

Loudeast – Shadows (Loudeast Jackin’ Dub Mix)

round round round…

whenever big 90s house tracks come on in pubs/clubs i always delight in telling the people i’m with that x or y was involved in this or that track. take de’lacy’s hideaway. a huge track which pretty much everyone knows. what many people don’t know is that it was the deep dish remix, or should i say the ali needs to score mix, that hit the charts back in 95. just the other night i was in preston’s adelphi when the dj put on sandy b’s make the world go round – another 90s classic remixed by deep dish.

so sharam has gone on to define cheese house of the worst order, and dubfire (the aforementioned ali) is now making flavour of the month minimal (why would anyone ever think it necessary to remix spastik?) – the boys have a legacy that nothing they do will ever take away.

so imagine my surprise when i see a track by hoxton whores (awful name dudes) called devil toy on the top of the beatport chart. it pretty much rips off world go round wholesale. it’s a top tune, on the right side of that whole big room minimal electro bleepy stuff, and i think in the right setting it would make a crowd go berserk. that said, credit where credit’s due…

De’Lacy – Hideaway (Ali Needs To Score Mix)
Sandy B – Make The World Go Round (Deep Dish Remix)
Hoxton Whores – Devil’s Toy (Main Mix)